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Record 18533

Reading Experience:

Thursday 7 December 1933: 'I was walking through Leicester Sqre -- how far from China -- just now when I read Death of noted Novelist on the poster. And I thought of Hugh Walpole. But it is Stella Benson [...] I did not know her, but have a sense of those fine patient eyes; the weak voice; the cough; the sense of oppression. She sat on the terrace with me at Rodmell [Woolf's country residence]. And now, so quickly, it is gone, what might have been a friendship [reflects further on acquaintanceship with Benson] [...] How mournful the afternoon seems, with the newspaper carts dashing away up Kingsway "Death of Noted Novelist" on the placard [...] Why not my name on the posters?'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 7 Dec 1933
Country: England
Time: afternoon
Place: city: London
specific address: Leicester Square
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Virginia Woolf
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 25 Jan 1882
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Agnostic
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: announcement of death of Stella Benson
Genre: Ephemera, Reference / General works
Form of Text: Print: Poster
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 18533  
Source - Print  
  Author: Virginia Woolf
  Editor: Anne Olivier Bell
  Title: The Diary of Virginia Woolf
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1982
  Vol: 4
  Page: 192
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1982), 4, p. 192,, accessed: 02 March 2024

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